MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Through 21 games this season, Juwan Staten's assist-to-turnover ratio is 2.9, which is pretty good.
In fact, it ranks No. 39 nationally, where he's tied with guys like Arizona's T.J. McConnell and Duke's Quinn Cook. In the Big 12 he ranks first.
It's a deceiving statistic, though, for one reason. In most of West Virginia's games, Staten has been so good in assists and turnovers that he might be leading the nation, or at least be ranked among the top two or three.
In 17 of those 21 games, WVU's junior point guard has 110 assists and just 21 turnovers. That's a ratio of 5.2, which only two players in the country exceed.
Ah, but then there are those other four games. For some reason, against Missouri, Marshall, Kansas State and the second game against Oklahoma State, Staten had 16 assists and 22 turnovers. Those are the kind of numbers that get point guards fired.
Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins isn't about to fire Staten, of course. His anomaly games notwithstanding, Staten is simply West Virginia's best player. Tuesday night at Baylor, for instance, he not only had nine assists and just one turnover, but also led all scorers on the floor and made the game-winning basket.
But what's up with those glitch games? How can a point guard play 17 games with two or fewer turnovers - including 11 with one or none - and then have five in a game three times and seven another?
"I don't know,'' Staten said. "When you handle the ball a lot, things happen.''
Indeed, Staten handles the ball a lot. He isn't West Virginia's only ball-handler, but he is certainly the primary one, especially when games are tight and defensive pressure is cranked up.
His small handful of sloppy games is, again, no doubt an abnormality, but it is at least a peripheral issue for two reasons. For one, two of those four poor outings have come in the last four games. And two, the team that turned him over the most times in his career is today's opponent.